Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres Free Preview

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The San Diego Padres are playing host to their division rival Arizona Diamondbacks at PETCO Park. Fox Sports Arizona will broadcast the matchup and the game gets going at 3:10 p.m. ET.

Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres Odds

The Diamondbacks have gone 82-79 SU this year and are 78-82 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 11.3 units for moneyline gamblers and 0.3 units ATS. The Padres, on the other hand, are 65-96 SU and 77-83 ATS. They’ve lost 11.2 units for moneyline bettors and 27.9 units ATS.

Padres games have a 77-77-6 over/under record in 2018. Arizona has been a decent under bet with a total record of 73-81-6.

The southpaw Robbie Ray is the projected starter for the visiting D-backs. Ray (6-2, 3.91 ERA) has racked up 157 strikeouts in 119.2 innings so far. He’s 1-0 with 20 strikeouts and a 4.20 ERA against San Diego this year (three starts).

The Padres are handing the ball to lefty Joey Lucchesi (8-9, 4.14 ERA), who has 137 strikeouts and 43 walks, as well as a WHIP of 1.32. Lucchesi is 0-5 with 24 strikeouts and a 6.85 ERA over five starts against Arizona this year.

San Diego’s pitchers have allowed 4.7 runs per game overall this season as a unit. The club’s starters have a 5.12 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.53 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 10.2 K/9. In 75 games against NL West foes, Padres starters have an ERA of 5.41 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.37.

The San Diego hitters have put up 3.8 runs per contest, including 3.6 per game against divisional foes and 3.8 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .235/.301/.385 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Padres’ offense has been led by first baseman Eric Hosmer and shortstop Freddy Galvis. Hosmer is hitting .252/.320/.398 with 18 home runs, 68 RBIs and 72 runs scored, while Galvis is hitting .246 with 13 homers, 67 RBIs and 61 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Arizona’s pitching staff allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.79 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 9.28 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.61, along with a K/9 of 8.25.

The Diamondbacks offense has slashed .235/.313/.398 on its way to 4.3 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.5 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Arizona’s offense has been fueled by first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and left fielder David Peralta, who have combined to drive in 170 runs. Goldschmidt is hitting .290/.389/.534 with 33 home runs, 83 RBIs and 95 runs scored, while Peralta (.293/.352/.516) is up to 30 homers, 87 RBIs and 75 runs scored.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres Free MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Padres, ATS Winner – Diamondbacks, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • Arizona has logged 18 extra-base hits over its last five games. San Diego has 17 XBH over its last five.
  • The Diamondbacks have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.
  • San Diego has recorded 21.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 22.6 over its last five.
  • The Diamondbacks have won three of their last four games SU.